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Bail set for Moorhead man charged with attempted murder

MOORHEAD – Bail for a Moorhead man charged with attempted murder in a domestic violence case has been set at $1 million without conditions and $600,000 with conditions.

Michael John Karau, 34, was arrested Thursday after police received reports that a woman had been beaten at an address north of Moorhead. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

Karau, who does not have an attorney, made his first appearance today in Clay County District Court. He faces felony charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted murder while committing domestic abuse, first-degree assault, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and false imprisonment.

Judge Michelle Lawson told Karau, who applied for a public defender, that he makes too much money to have a public defender represent him. He told her he lost his job and the income he put on the application form was the amount he had been earning. The judge told him he could fill out a new application.

Lawson ordered Karau to have no contact with the victim.

As of this afternoon, Karau remained in custody at the Clay County Jail. His next court appearance was set for April 25.

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